Beretta celebrates M9 pistol's 30th anniversary with style
Las Vegas, Nevada -
In 1985, the United States Armed Forces adopted a new service pistol. They chose Beretta's M9 design chambered in 9mm. Though smaller in caliber than the previous standard of a 1911 chambered in .45 ACP, the gun boasted a larger magazine capacity - 15 rounds instead of seven. Thirty years later, more than 600,000 M9 pistols have been delivered to the military; collectively, those firearms have fired more than 30 million rounds of ammunition.
In one test session under Army supervision, 12 M9's were randomly pulled from the production line and fired a total of 168,000 rounds without a single malfunction. The average M9 will fire 22,500 rounds without a stoppage. Having proven the reliability of the firearm, Beretta is celebrating the military's decision to use their design with some very unique engraved pistols.
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